2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2012
Elizabeth David did more than most in the 40s and 50s to introduce Britain to Mediterranean food. She was also an extremely good writer as this book re-confirms. The book is pack full of excellent recipes that work. David's style is precise and not given to flowery language. As well as some excellent recipes the book packed with learned anecdotes and obscure food history and facts. A must for any cook.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 June 2011
Another in Penguin's almost fraudulent series of reissues; it is not made clear that this is simply a paste-up of articles already published in other books, most of which any self respecting cook will already have. OK for beginners, otherwise don't waste your money. Buy the proper books
13 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 4 April 2011
As the owner of practically every word the great Elisabeth David wrote I will not be buying this book -- after all, she is hardly likely to be writing anything new.
That said, I would highly recommend it to anyone who has never ready anything by David. She is by far the most interesting food writer of the 20th Century -- when decorated by the Queen for her work, upon being asked what she did, she modestly replied "I write cookery books, Ma'am" - an understatement if there ever was one! Apparently the Queen's reply was "how useful" Again, a bit of an understatement!
This would make a superb introduction into her writing -- from the product description it sounds like an anthology of pieces from her other books. This should have new readers flocking to the bookshops -- or their computers -- to snap up all they can find by Elisabeth David. Just thinking about her makes me want to turn around and pick up a book from the shelf behind me to plan tonights' supper.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2012
The product description promises "writings and recipes" but this is nearly all recipes and almost nothing of writings. If you want a cookery book, this is probably all right. But it's not a book to sit down and read for pleasure.